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How to install Bolt using Softaculous

This article describes how to install Bolt using the Softaculous installer in cPanel. Bolt is a lightweight, easy to use content management system.

This application is only available in Softaculous Premium. If you are using Softaculous on a managed VPS, you must upgrade to Softaculous Premium to install this application. If you need further assistance, please open a ticket at

Installing Bolt

You can have a Bolt site up and running in minutes by using the Softaculous application installer in cPanel.

To install Bolt using Softaculous, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to cPanel.
    If you do not know how to log in to your cPanel account, please see this article.
  2. In the Software/Services section of the cPanel home screen, click Softaculous. The Softaculous installer page appears.
  3. In the Search text box, type bolt and then press ENTER.
    Alternatively, you can use the navigation pane on the left side. To do this, click Portals/CMS, and then click Bolt.
  4. Click Install. The installation page appears.
  5. In the Choose Protocol list box, select the protocol.
    If you have an SSL certificate installed on your site, select https:// or https://www. If you do not have an SSL certificate installed on your site, select http:// or http://www.
  6. In the Choose Domain list box, select the domain for installation, or accept the default value.
  7. In the In Directory text box, type the directory where you want to install the application, or accept the default value.
    If you want your domain name to go directly to the application, make sure the In Directory text box is blank.
  8. In the Database Name text box, type the name of the database to create for the application, or accept the default value.
  9. In the Admin Username text box, type the administrator username.
  10. In the Admin Password text box, type the administrator password.
    Make sure that you choose a strong password! The Softaculous installer provides a ranking for your password's strength, and turns green when the password is strong. Alternatively, you can click the Random Password icon icon next to the Admin Password text box, and Softaculous generates a strong, random password for you.
  11. In the Real Name text box, type the display name for the administrator.
  12. In the Admin Email text box, type the site administrator e-mail address.
  13. In the Select Language list box, select the default language for the application.
  14. Click the Advanced Options icon icon to expand Advanced Options.
  15. If you do not want to receive e-mail notifications when application updates are available, select the Disable Update Notifications check box.
    A2 Hosting strongly recommends that you receive e-mail notifications when application updates are available. Keeping your site updated helps prevent unauthorized access attempts and data loss.
  16. To receive site configuration information after the installation is complete, type an e-mail address in the Email installation details to text box.
  17. Review the installation options and settings, and then click Install. When installation is complete, Softaculous provides information about the application's configuration.

Configuring Bolt

After you install Bolt, you may need to complete some additional configuration steps to access the application. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Use a web browser to go to your Bolt installation at Replace with your web site's domain name.
  2. If you receive an error message about magic quotes, you must use a custom php.ini file to disable the PHP magic quotes directive on your web site. For more information about how to do this, please see this article.

More Information

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